“I really like how all bookstores or libraries are quiet. No one talks above a whisper. It’s like everyone is respecting and listening to the voices from the books. It’s truly magical.”—(via bookphile)
somebody should write an essay comparing and contrasting tina from bob’s burgers and meg from family guy and explain why tina hit the mark for respectfully portraying the awkward teenage years and why meg is a huge fucking insensitive joke that isn’t even funny
Hey, everyone! This is the creator of Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You, here with a post I thought you all might like. Writer Ted Anderson and I have made a pitch for a superhero comic!
The comic is about nine-year-old Lucia Marquez-Miller, who loves engineering, and uses her telekinetic powers to build and take things apart with her mind. She calls this power her spark!
As Spark, the world’s youngest superhero, she’s a junior member of a superhero team while also trying to live a normal life. Can Lucia juggle her friends and family while also saving the world from supervillains?
We’re posting a 15-page standalone comic here on tumblr to give readers an idea of what the book would be like.
Click “read more” below to continue reading the comic!
“I don’t care if Mike Brown was going to college soon. This should not matter. We should not have to prove Mike Brown was worthy of living. We should not have to account for the ways in which he is suitably respectable. We should not have to prove that his body did not deserve to be riddled with bullets. His community should not have to silence their anger so they won’t be accused of rioting, so they won’t become targets too.”—"silence is not an option," roxane gay (via brookehatfield)
"Brilliant idea alert: later this month, a new restaurant will be opening up in Toronto called “Signs” on 558 Yonge Street, which promises to be Canada’s first “deaf” restaurant where customers are asked to order their dinners using only American Sign Language.
Staffed primarily by deaf servers, the restaurant hopes to provide “a kind of community service for a deaf population that often struggles to find employment in a speech-oriented workforce,” reports The Star.”
He was inspired to make the change when he got a cholesterol test and found out his LDL cholesterol level was 170. From his post:
I thought I had a healthy diet — no red meat, no fried foods, little dairy, just chicken breast and fish. But a simple Web search informed me that my chicken-breast meals had more cholesterol content (84 mg/100 g) than pork (62 mg/100 g). So I changed that day to a cholesterol-free diet, using “meat substitutes” commonly available in stores and restaurants for protein. Within 6 weeks my LDL cholesterol level was down to 90.
I don’t totally know what all this LDL stuff means but 170 to 90 in six weeks seems pretty amazing! If you read his post, it’s pretty benign. Not too preachy, just mostly about his personal journey to a plant-based diet and how it’s helped him. But people still got all heated, as per usual when any hint of veganism comes up. This screen cap of the site he wrote the post on can give you an idea of the calamity:
Yeah, 74 comments. Seems a bit above their average. I skimmed through some, and as expected: VOM. People are so annoying sometimes. Sigh.
The doctor responds to some of the criticism in the NYT post. I especially like this part:
Some critics suggested that Dr. Williams and the college were “unduly influenced by industry,” which baffled him.
“Who is the industry that promotes vegan dieting?” he asked.
AND HOW. That is always the silliest criticism to me when someone promotes vegan eating! There is no special agenda to make people go vegan because that’s not where the money is! The money is in A. the meat and dairy lobby, and B. the pharma lobby. Those people do not want you do eat vegan. Obvisiously non-vegan food industries don’t but pharma doesn’t either because if no one was sick, how would they make money?! You would hope a doctor, however, would have entirely different motivation, and it seems Dr. Williams does. As he says:
"Wouldn’t it be a laudable goal of the American College of Cardiology to put ourselves out of business within a generation or two?"
Note: Save yourself the trouble, I’ve heard the reasoning against and I’m still going to keep saying “vegan diet.” We all understand what someone means when they say “vegan diet,” it says you adopt the diet of the vegan lifestyle but not the rest of it. Plus I find “plant-based diet” a confusing term. Plant-BASED doesn’t connote to me that you don’t eat some meat or something.
the reason male comic book fans work themselves into a frenzied rage over “fake geek girls" is because they think they can’t get a girlfriend because of their love for comic books (a.k.a nerdiness). if they accept that geek girls genuinely love comic books, then they’re left with the cold harsh reality that it’s not their nerdiness that makes them unattractive to women, but the fact that they are misogynistic condescending dickbags who need to be avoided AT ALL COSTS
At the 2013 ROMBA conference, only 1 of the 19 student attendees from Rice University was openly gay. Students from the College of William and Mary business school were encouraged to register, but advised to skip the actual conference sessions and only attend the job fair. Overall, 10% of the 1,100 attendees at the 2013 ROMBA conference identified as straight. According to Kidd, LGBTQ students in attendance reported hearing other students say stuff like: “Dude, I’m not gay,” and “There needs to be less focus on gay stuff at this event.”
OH MY GOD ARE THESE PEOPLE IDIOTS OR DESPERATE OR SELFISH OR WHAT.
THIS IS FOR NON-CIS/HET PEOPLE LIKE WHY IS THIS SO HARD TO GRASP
This month we celebrated our 25th anniversary of Animal Place. Check out this interview with co-founder and executive director, Kim Sturla, where she explains how it all began.
What inspired you to start Animal Place and what were you doing before?
I started Animal Place because I was saddened by the degree of suffering farmed animals experience, the lack of laws protecting them, lack of education people had about them, how few people were speaking on their behalf and because I knew that there is something every person can do to help.
Before I co-founded Animal Place, I was running Peninsula Humane Society and living in Pacifica. Starting Animal Place lead me to selling my home, changing to a job that allowed flexibility for me to work at the sanctuary, and moving to Vacaville, CA. on 60-acres of undeveloped land.
When you began, did you ever think Animal Place would grow to be what it is today? What were you originally hoping for?
No, I was hoping to have a shelter to save the animals who had nowhere else to go. We were saving animals from our local shelter, some local unwanted animals, “test animals” from UC Davis and UC San Francisco. We had no real master plan. That’s how it is with most non-profit organizations: you blindly and enthusiastically jump into the water with both feet. The key to success is just being flexible enough to evolve.
Did you have experience with animal care? How did you learn? Did you hire caregivers?
Yes, I was the Peninsula Humane Society director and our co-founder Ned was a veterinarian. We had basic knowledge of animal caregiving, but we had great access to expertise. It was just the two of us for the first ten years, and after that we hired our first employee. She was a pre-vet student who now runs her own organization and is a veterinarian for Sonoma Humane Society. She worked with us mornings and some evenings for years in exchange for free rent.
What options were there for rescued farmed animals in the early 1990s?
There were no options, really. That’s why we adopted our first sanctuary resident, Zelda, from the Peninsula Humane Society. Our adoption staff had worked tirelessly to find her a loving home, but everyone who wanted to adopt her wanted to eat her.
How did you learn to care for individuals who have been bred for early death?
It was a lot of trial and error. Another sanctuary had started a few years before and we did a lot of networking. We often consulted large animal vets from UC Davis. Mostly, it was working through issues as they came along.
What kept you going through difficult times early on?
There was never a time when I thought, “I can’t go on”. What kept me motivated was my very strong commitment to saving animals. It was staying aware and focused on the importance of the work we were doing. I’d occasionally check in with myself to make sure that life was what I wanted, but always came back with the same thing. And here we are 25 years later.
What advice would you give others wanting to start their own farmed animal sanctuary?
I’d advise anyone hoping to start their own sanctuary to spend a lot of time at other sanctuaries. Then, develop a business plan, knowing the initial costs will all come from your own pocket. Mostly, know that this will be a life-long commitment and see it as such.
What are you hoping for the future of Animal Place?
I hope that it continues to grow, save as many lives as possible, and change many hearts and minds. I also hope that we never compromise our core mission of humane education and saving lives.
What are some amazing animal bonds that you’ve witnessed?
A few that stand out are: The way Joe, who was a Jersey steer, would regularly nuzzle and groom Lulu the Pig.
The way Norm (goat) would wait for his elderly goat companion to catch up with the herd. His pal was arthritic and slow-moving and Norm would never leave him.
The way Aloha and Bruce (pigs) would sleep together every single night.
To me, that’s like asking if I have ever witnessed any amazing human bonds — they’re bonding all the time, it’s that basic.
Any favorite rescue stories that moved you?
Yes, in that they are all wonderful. Any large scare rescue is powerful. In 2005 we conducted our first one, and I helped remove 2000+ hens from feces-encrusted cages. In 2013 we liberated 3000 hens and then charted a cargo plane to fly 1100 to east coast sanctuaries. During Katrina, I scooped up hundreds of frail little bodies scattered over destroyed farms. We save 1100 chickens in three nights on Mississippi farms.
I remember it as if it were yesterday, jumping over a fence and trespassing onto an abandoned farm only to document and photograph dying sheep and goats. That was where I saved Sebastian - a sickly week old goat. He was one of the few who made it out of there alive.
When I first saw Bruce, the pig, while investigating a local cruelty case, he was just a skeleton living in mud and muck. Cruelty charges were filed and within 48 hours we received custody and coaxed him into our stock trailer with a bucket of fruit and pastries.
My memories would be far fewer if it was not for you. Thank you for being a part of the awesome work we accomplish together.
Oh, and if you are trying to think of that one special birthday present to give to the animals in celebration of our 25th - try a vegan diet! That is just about the best gift they could ask for!